Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
November 22, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
As Thousands of Missouri Jobs Go Unfilled, Colleges Put Greater Emphasis on Training Programs
Corinne Huff, KCUR
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Everything around Harry Painter Jr. looks exactly as it would in a hospital, but this is a simulation room at St. Louis Community College’s new health care facility on the Forest Park campus.

It’s designed to prepare first-year respiratory care students like Painter for clinicals. By the end of the two-year program, students will clock 1,000 hours of work in hospitals around the region.

The effort gives students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience—and employers the chance to recruit much-needed talent. Most students who go through this program secure jobs before they graduate. A new statewide push aims to make job training a bigger focus everywhere. 

Jamie Merisotis
Three Ways State Agencies, Nonprofits Transport Students Beyond the Classroom
Shawna De La Rosa, Education Dive
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Many high school students know their passions and strengths, along with what path they would like to pursue upon graduation—whether it involves math, science, coding, forestry, or auto mechanics. But many students don't know all the options available to them.

More states and private non-profits are stepping up to help, connecting college aspirations with real-world employment and worksite skills in the hope that—one day—these students will return for a job.

Jamie Merisotis
Photo: Janice Chang
Struggling With Perceived Isolation, Many First-Gen College Students Face Mental Health Problems
Kirk Carapezza, WGBH
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Tanner Bonner knows firsthand the struggles of growing up poor. As soon as he was old enough, he worked at a sandwich shop to help support his family.

Bonner earned a perfect score on the ACT and won a national scholarship for students whose families earn, on average, less than $13,000. He was accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and started classes there last fall.

Bonner, the first in his family to go to college, says he often feels apart from other students. He's not alone. Low-income, first-generation college students often find themselves socially isolated—a situation that can erode their mental health and, ultimately, their college dreams.

Jamie Merisotis
Veterans Seek a 'Sense of Service' on Capitol Hill
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
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Most people are familiar with stories of starving artists going to Hollywood, putting everything on the line to live out a dream and work for that “big break” on the silver screen. Less known are the stories of veterans with little or no money heading to Washington, D.C. to follow a passion for public service. 

Thirty-six-year-old Navy veteran Justin Brown lived that reality. Now he's giving back. As the founder of HillVets, his organization provides fellowships, training, housing, and other supports to help fellow veterans pursue careers in policy, politics, or government. 

Creating a More Secure and Vibrant Future
Governing the States and Localities
Blog: Advancing Affordability, Quality, and Equity: We Can Do All Three
Debra Humphreys, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges 
AP for All? New York State Pushes Greater Student Diversity in High-Level Courses
Sophie Grosserode, Rockland/Westchester Journal News
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